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    How can Mary tell me what to do / When she lost her love so true?

    Oh, no. Looks like I won’t be able to vote for Bush after all. The cool kids don’t want me to:


    If global opinion polls counted, U.S. President George W. Bush would be voted out of office.



    Democratic contender John Kerry was the preferred winner in the U.S. presidential election Nov. 2 by the majority of people in eight of 10 nations, according to a survey sponsored by influential newspapers in each of those countries. The poll was taken in September and earlier this month.



    Most people polled in Japan, Britain, South Korea, Spain, Mexico, Australia, France and Canada would like to see Republican incumbent Bush get the boot.



    Only in Israel and Russia did a majority welcome another four years of Bush.







    In Canada, Spain and Mexico, 55 to 60 percent were pro-Kerry, while in Australia, Japan and Britain, a little over 50 percent were pro-Kerry.



    Among nations where more pollees wanted Kerry to win than Bush, 30 percent in Japan still said they wanted Bush.



    In Japan, about 900 randomly chosen people gave valid responses on Oct. 2 and 3.





    In Japan the proportion was 50 for Kerry to 30 for Bush–less of a difference than I might have thought, actually. It seems reasonable to figure that in the other countries in which Kerry got around 50% support, Bush also got around 30%. I say it seems reasonable because that’s my sense from talking to people. My methods are admittedly not scientific, but I meet quite a few people from other countries who, while skeptical of many things about the way the WOT is actually being carried out, believe that America needs to defend itself and its interests and would be pretty wussy if it failed to do so. Some even acknowledge the part the American military does in general to make their own countries or shipping lanes safer. There aren’t as many of them as there are of lockstep leftists, but they’re there, all right.



    It’s also interesting that the two countries in which Bush got more support were those in which the populace has daily experience with trying to protect itself from murderous thugs, many of the Islamofascist persuasion.* You think…?



    No, no, of course not. Why pull for the guy who promises the crush the bad guys that want to off you right after the Americans, when you can pull for the guy who’ll make nice with your own head of state?



    One last thing:


    The poll also showed that 60 to 80 percent in most nations have a favorable opinion of Americans.





    Thanks, everyone. But I’m still voting for Bush. Just as Koizumi would.

    * I haven’t forgotten that Spain has the Basques and that trains were blown up in Madrid a few months ago. But it seems that, like the IRA in Britain, terrorist groups in Spain have only been very sporadically active for the last few years; I’ll welcome correction if I’m wrong.

    8 Responses to “How can Mary tell me what to do / When she lost her love so true?”

    1. Dean's World says:

      How To Be One Of The Cool Kids

      Sean Kinsell, an American living in Japan, notes some interesting disparities in how Senator Kerry and President Bush are viewed around the world.

    2. Dean's World says:

      How To Be One Of The Cool Kids

      Sean Kinsell, an American living in Japan, notes some interesting disparities in how Senator Kerry and President Bush are viewed around the world.

    3. Dean's World says:

      How To Be One Of The Cool Kids

      Sean Kinsell, an American living in Japan, notes some interesting disparities in how Senator Kerry and President Bush are viewed around the world.

    4. Dean's World says:

      How To Be One Of The Cool Kids

      Sean Kinsell, an American living in Japan, notes some interesting disparities in how Senator Kerry and President Bush are viewed around the world.

    5. Dean's World says:

      How To Be One Of The Cool Kids

      Sean Kinsell, an American living in Japan, notes some interesting disparities in how Senator Kerry and President Bush are viewed around the world.

    6. Dean's World says:

      How To Be One Of The Cool Kids

      Sean Kinsell, an American living in Japan, notes some interesting disparities in how Senator Kerry and President Bush are viewed around the world.

    7. Toren says:

      I’m surprised by those Japan numbers; my experience last week, both public and private, was 100% against Bush.
      Sigh.
      Well, the Japanese public doesn’t generally understand politics very well, I’m afraid.

    8. Sean Kinsell says:

      A pretty rational allocation of attention, considering that, unless you have a son who went through the law department at the University of Tokyo, there’s no way you’re going to have much say in politics.
      There’s also the fact that we Westerners here tend to run into a disproportionate number of Japanese people with experience abroad, and a lot of those are pretty left-leaning. I think that, despite the way post-War prosperity has insulated people from danger, the old warrior culture is still very real for most Japanese…at least those around our age and up. It may not be on the surface most of the time, but it’s there.